January 02

The Dry by Jane Harper

Happy New Year Readheads – here is to a year of truly great reads!

It’s good to be back so yes, let’s address the elephant on the page.  It’s been a while since I posted (but good news is I have been reading like a demon so have lots to blog about) but I have learnt something over the past three months.  It is probably something you all knew already….

Rebuilding a house and blogging simply don’t mix.

But let’s not dwell, let’s jump on into this beauty.  I ripped through this book in just a few sittings  because I was hooked from page 1.

Set in Kiewarra,  a desperately bleak Australian farming town that has not seen proper rain for years,  and the townsfolk are edgy.  They become drastically more so when three members of a much-loved local family are found shot dead.  It seems like a text-book murder-suicide however when Aaron Falk – a Federal Police investigator and old friend of the suspected murderer Luke Hadler, shows up for the funeral, he becomes entangled in the investigation.   What seems like an open-shut case, slowly reveals itself to be anything but.

Now what makes this book extra good is the murder-suicide is not the only mystery to solve.  Falk himself had been run out-of-town twenty years before  for the suspected murder of a young woman, one of his best friends and quasi girlfriend of Luke Hadler.  The history between the two men runs deep and is painful and Falk’s return to Kiewarra brings back the memories and the ghosts and worst, the vicious accusers.

I guessed one of the mysteries in the book just before it was revealed (why I did not follow my heart to become a detective I just don’t know!) but it did not dampen my enthusiasm for this book one iota.

Apparently the author has a new book on the shelves so I am chomping at the bit to read it – perhaps this January because my new house is free of rubble and dust and joy oh joy, has hot water and a kitchen!

Pop it on your holiday to-read list  Readheads and  join me in  the Jane Harper fan club.    You won’t regret it.

And that is my two cents worth.